Arts news

New stone circle on Dorset Ridgeway

A NEW circle built of stone, and aligned with the winter and summer solstices, has been unveiled on Black Down, on the South Dorset Ridgeway near Hardy’s Monument. Artist-architect Amanda Moore created the orientation point at the Black Down car park. She says: “I wanted to make a modern interpretation of the ancient monuments on…

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Business as usual at Lighthouse

THE message from the team at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre is: “It’s business as usual,” following an accident during which the stage, dressing rooms and technical equipment in the venue’s theatre suffered extensive water damage. The incident was contained entirely within the theatre, so although the theatre will remain closed for the summer while repairs…

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Opera pops up with Artsreach

ARTSREACH, Dorset’s rural touring arts charity, brings Pop-Up Opera with a Mozart double bill of comic operas to Herrison Hall at Charlton Down near Dorchester on Sunday 1st July. Pop-Up Opera made their debut with Artsreach last year, the first time opera had been on offer for village audiences. After the success of the debut…

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Sherborne’s new Studio Theatre opens

WHAT more perfect week to open Amateur Players of Sherborne’s new Studio Theatre home with a production of Shakespeare’s sylvan comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream? The invited audience on the opening night was able to delight in the transformation of the landmark corrugated iron former chapel into an intimate and welcoming performing space. It is…

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New film feature at Shaftesbury Fringe

SHAFTESBURY’s increasingly adventurous fringe festival – run over the weekend of the town’s traditional Gold Hill Fair – has a new independent film strand this year, with a partnership with the Purbeck Film Festival. Three up-and-coming directors, all graduates of Bournemouth University, will attend a screening of their works, each lasting approximately 12 minutes, at…

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Marta will conduct with the BSO

THE Bournemouth Symphony  Or­­c­h­estra new Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association is the Po­l­ish musician Marta Gardo­lińska. Her appointment was announced on 19th June, out of a field of more than 125 young conductor applicants from around the world. The role provides a platform for the next generation of talented young conductors to establish themselves in…

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I do like to be beside the seaside rep season

FORTY years ago, most seaside resorts had theatres as well as “end of the pier shows” and those theatres had repertory seasons, but in 2018 there is only one weekly summer rep surviving, at Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion. Here from June to September, Paul Taylor Mills produces a weekly rep programme that ranges from favourite thrillers…

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Covent Garden comes to the Rex

WORLD class performances from the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden are to be screened at Wareham’s historic Rex cinema, beginning on Sunday 17th June at 2.15pm. One of Britain’s oldest cinemas, the Rex season opens with the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Swan Lake. One of the best-loved of classical…

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